The Government's EECA Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart programme finishes on 30 June 2013. Building on the success of this programme the Government has announced a new 3-year investment programme into insulation. Visit EECA Energywise's Warm Up New Zealand: Healthy Homes page for more details.
Community Energy Action is a charitable trust providing subsidies and advice to Greater Christchurch. They operate a range of charitable programmes helping people keep warm and healthy. Programmes currently include:
Community Energy Action can offer the following assistance:
Banks can provide insulation costs to be added to mortgages without fees. Environment Canterbury is working with to have this extended to home heating.Check out how you can add any balance to your existing mortgage, fee-free.
Right house offers insulation assistance (up to 100% for households on low income or have high health needs) using funding from the Energy Efficiency Conservation Authority Healthy Homes Project.
Visit Community Energy Action Charitable Trust for more information on what is available.
The Timaru home heating assistance programme provides help to homeowners who are currently using older solid fuel domestic heating appliances to change to cleaner forms of home heating. Environment Canterbury is offering the following assistance:
$2000 (including GST) subsidy towards a clean air approved pellet fire or EnergyStar accredited heat pump
$1000 (including GST) subsidy towards a replacement clean air approved woodburner, LPG heater that is AGA 4 star or better, or approved diesel heater
Existing solid fuel burner must be removed or disabled.
Must be a solid fuel burner older than 15 years and the only heating source* used to heat the main living area**
Home must be in Timaru gazetted air shed
Occupier (owner or tenant) must hold a current Community Services Card or be able to show an income-related need
* Where there is a woodburner and a broken heat pump, a $2000 subsidy is available to install a new heat pump but the woodburner must be removed (not just disabled)
** No subsidies are available where there is a woodburner and a heat pump in working condition
A heat pump can be an efficient, economical and easy method of home heating. To help ensure that you get the most out of your new heating appliance, it is strongly recommended that your home has adequate ceiling and underfloor insulation.
The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority currently offers up to 100% subsidies of the cost of insulation for householders with a current Community Services Card. More information can be found at Energywise or by contacting the local provider EnergySmart on 688 7508.
To apply for the subsidy, please contact Environment Canterbury on 0800 329 276. If eligible, the process will involve an EnergySmart assessor carrying out an assessment of your home and recommending a suitable appliance that you can purchase from any retailer based in Timaru. It is advised that applicants deal with a reputable local supplier to obtain an accurate assessment of the correct size and type of replacement appliance to be installed. The selected appliance must be approved by Environment Canterbury prior to installation.
If you do not wish to have an independent assessment completed by EnergySmart, please print the Timaru Home Heating Subsidy Assessment Report below and present it to your heating appliance provider. Ask them to fill in the assessment report section (pages 1-3). Based on their recommendation, select the appliance you intend to install and fill in the second section of this form (the application section: pages 4 – 5). Send the completed form and a copy of your Community Services Card to Environment Canterbury as directed on page 4 of this form.
Timaru Home Heating Subsidy Assessment Report (98 kB)
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